COVID-19 Notice

The safety and health of our community is important to us.  As such, we are taking the concerns associated with novel coronavirus (Covid-19) seriously and are closely monitoring this fluid situation.  For more details on COVID-19, you can visit the Merced County’s Public Health Website on COVID-19.

Following the stay-at-home order effective March 23, 2020, the Community and Economic Development Department’s front counter and in-person services will be closed until further notice and will instead provide services electronically. 

Planning Applications

To access and download Planning Applications, visit our Planning Application webpage.

To submit application, complete, sign, and email the applications to  Staff will review your application for completeness and inform you when payment may be submitted.

Please review our Instructions for Electronic Submittal & Payment handout for how to submit payments electronically.

General Questions

To ask staff general questions about land use, zoning, planning application, etc., please complete and submit this questionnaire / comment form.

Business License Applications

To access and download Business License Applications, visit our County Business License webpage.  

Building Permit & Reviews

To submit building plans for review, please email your plans and a complete Building Permit application to

 Download a Building Permit Application.


Our mission is to provide solution-oriented customer services to the citizens we serve which will promote the implementation of sustainable plans; will facilitate economic growth; will enhance our quality of life; and will protect our environment.


Our vision is to be a fully integrated engaged team of professionals guided through the use of technology in creative and collaborative methods that will facilitate land use planning decisions and balance the need for economic growth combined with the stewardship of preserving the County’s natural resources.


Our goal is to process and analyze project applications in a solution oriented "can-do" environment that is fair, efficient, progressive, timely, accurate, and provides friendly customer service, which will accommodate development within the boundaries of the County's policies, goals, and objectives.